• Federal Student Aid:

    Research various federal financial aid options to cover tuition, fees, room and board, books and supplies, and transportation.
  • FAFSA:

    Free Application for Federal Student Aid is essential for providing money to eligible families. FAFSA partners with postsecondary schools, financial institutions and others to deliver services.
  • Student Choice

  • HESC:

    The New York State Higher Education Services Corporation manages more than 18 grant and scholarship programs, including the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP), the nation's largest state grant.
  • FinAid:

    This comprehensive, informative and objective resource is an ideal starting point for students researching financial aid options.
  • The College Board:

    The College Board provides students a path to college opportunities, including financial support and scholarships.
  • FastWeb:

    This company matches the information in your profile to scholarship opportunities from their database of more than 1.5 million scholarships worth more than $3.4 billion.
  • NYSFAA:

    The New York State Financial Aid Administrators Association is a charitable, volunteer association of financial aid professionals advocating for equal access to postsecondary education.
  • Your Social Security number and driver's license number
  • W-2 forms and other records of income
  • Your federal income tax return (and your spouse's, if you're married)
  • Your parents' federal income tax return (if you're a dependent student)
  • Your untaxed income records, including Social Security, welfare, veterans benefits records, etc.
  • Current Empower account statements
  • Current business and investment mortgage information, business and farm, stocks, bonds and other investment information
  • Stay organized by creating folders for each college, form and/or scholarship and keep copies of necessary forms/applications easily accessible
  • Visit your high school's website, guidance office and career center for assistance
  • Obtain recommendations early; you'll need at least two or three when applying
  • Stay in touch with your college of choice to determine what you will qualify for and receive financially